P or T Bird

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by klejst, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    I have been a long time user of Fender Precision (P) basses however I am looking into trying something new this time around, I have been looking into the standard four string Epiphone Thunderbird basses. None of the music stores locally have one in stock, but I am looking for opinions if anyone else went from a P to a T Bird and how you like it? I play rock and I know both basses are pretty good for that. I like the look of the T Bird and the sound (from You Tube videos I have checked out.)
  2. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    Just make sure you're comfortable with the different body shape of the TBird- its not for everybody. They also seem to lend themselves more to pickstyle playing. Not saying fingerstyle doesnt happen but it seems to be less common with the body shape.
    For more info TBird1958 here on TB is a TERRIFIC person to contact. He's pretty much our resident TBird expert.
  3. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I wanted one till I bought one. The affair lasted less than a day and she went back to the store. Award and uncomfy
  4. Don't buy a T-Bird until you play one standing up. They're not for everybody.
  5. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    The Epiphone to get is the "Classic", @ $500.00 it's a total winner, 7 ply neck and U.S made pickups. The other models are not anywhere near the quality, comfort, playability or tone. Buy from a good on-line dealer like Sweetwater>

    Rainy day non Subaru pic ;)
  6. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    I would STRONGLY recommend checking out the classic IV thunderbird--neck thru, better pickups, better neck profile,overall much better than the standard one.
  7. pudge

    pudge Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    I'm guessing that the tbird is around 3" longer than the p bass.The way it hangs and the reach to the 1st fret feels diferent than the p also.Find one and try it out.I have a GIBSON ,an EPI, and a CATALDO.I love mine,but as stated above they aren't for everybody.
  8. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    That white one is killer, love it.
  9. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    I don't own a tbird but i would like to at some point. They are different yet similar imo. Physical differences are obvious: 2 pickups, body shape, neck, etc etc.
    Yes, generally speaking, more neck dive on the tbird (FROM MY EXPERIENCE ONLY!).

    If i had a dream setup:
    Matt freeman pbass with SPB-3 and rounds
    Fender 50s pbass laquer with flats
    Gibson thunderbird with stainless steel rounds.

    Not trying to jack the thread, sorry. Please proceed :D
  10. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    The Epiphone "Classic" has a slightly revised body shape with better upper fret access - it's on the right, compared to my '89 Gibson.

  11. blackest_frank


    Feb 1, 2013
    I moved from a Jazz to a Tbird and it was an adjustment for sure. After almost a year, I find it really difficult to play my Jazz again. Compensating for neck dive, the long long reach...it's an acquired taste for sure.
  12. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    i'm a lifer P person, and the tbird is the only alternative outside the occasional G&L or ATK 800.
  13. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Dave Hill!

    Awesome avatar ;)
  14. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I love p basses. But Ever since I got a sub ray. I dont find myself playing other basses much. Go try one at 280$ you really should check one out.
  15. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    T birds just look so cool. Total R' n R'. I think a Gibson T bird may be my next purchase. They are iconic instruments. What you could do is buy a second hand hand one to try. If you don't like it you could sell it and probably get your money back.
  16. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Get the neck through T Bird, the bolt neck isn't anywhere near as nice (in my opinion)
  17. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    Ya might want to try out some jazzes or P/J's first. Avoid neck dive for sure--it can totally ruin what might otherwise be a nice experience.
  18. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Tbirds come with Bad neck dive, & awkward reach to nut as very basic things about them. Diff a try before buy bass.
  19. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    I knew about the neck dive (which can be helped with a decent strap or moving the horn strap button to the back) and also about the weird body shape and what seems longer neck, however they always intrigued me. I have been eye'ing a couple used Epi T-birds off Guitar Center's site for less then $200 and I would love to own one of the better The Epiphone Classics however it's out of my price range. Saw one on GC's site used but it was still in the high $300+ range. Like I said no one around here has one in stock, I may just stick with a P since it's what I already know and love, but I totally want to check out something different though and like I said the T Bird always intrigued me.
  20. I`ve owned several T birds and as much as I love the look and sound of them, they are just too uncomfortable for me. I play finger style, resting my thumb on the pickup. If I do this on the the Tbird (resting my thumb on the neck pickup), I find that after about 10 mins the muscle round about my thumb becomes painful due I think to the shape of the body. This may just be me by the way.

    So for me, great sound, killer looks but give me back my P bass.